Tennessee Agency Looks For Information From Victims of Crime

A Tennessee agency is looking for information from victims of crime in an effort to better meet their needs. The state has created an online survey that officials hope crime victims will respond to. The website address is: www.TNsurvivorsurvey.org, and the survey will be available until February 1, 2016.   “People who have been victims of crime have a range of service needs, from emotional or psychological recovery to more tangible needs as well as assistance in navigating the justice system,” Office of Criminal Justice Programs (OCJP) Director Bill Scollon said. “Improving services for crime victims starts with identifying unmet needs so that services can be developed to better meet these types of needs and to make sure people are aware of and have access to them.”
The OCJP, part of the Department of Finance and Administration, created the survey specifically to identify any needs for service expansion and/or outreach to underserved victims. The survey is part of a larger strategic planning process, which has included victim service providers, law enforcement, prosecution, judges, and other community partners.
Once needs and gaps are identified, OCJP can consider how funding could positively impact the response to victims of crime in communities throughout Tennessee.